Last week Cliff and I had, what I would call, our first “legitimate” long run. Due to a horrible bout of sun poisoning I had skipped my 6 miler the weekend before. So this past Saturday we had 7 miles on the calendar.
Needless to say, I was terrified.
I felt a lot better knowing that I was going into it without a time goal. 7 miles was the farthest I had ever attempted to go, even walking, so my goal was to simply finish. I wanted to keep it under an average of 18 minutes miles, but even then, that was secondary to finishing.
We decided to go out to the path we had been using in the South end of town because we thought it would be neat to tie two landmarks together. The city of Louisville is currently developing a pedestrian path called The Louisville Loop and it’s supposed to be more than 100 miles long by the time it’s finished. We’ve been running on top of the levee at a park called Farnsley-Moremen. Up to this point we were just doing 1-2 mile out and backs and starting at different points depending on how far we would get on our previous run. This time we were able to go the entire distance between two different starting points we had been using (which means we technically went 8 miles, but that last mile was SUPER slow).
We had such a great time! We were able to run the first 5.5 miles at a 9:1 ratio and then 5.5 to 6.5 was about half and half, and then we walked the rest. Our average pace was 15:30 which was WAY under the 18 minute mark that I was hoping for. It was definitely one of the proudest moments in this weight loss journey. I’m not sure what it was about that 7 mile mark but now I feel unstoppable! Only 5 weeks left to race day!
I finally decided on a goal for 2016. Originally, it had been to do a triathlon, but that was before I discovered that swimming just isn’t for me…at all. Not even a little. I don’t mind being in the water, but putting my face in the water just brings on too much anxiety. At first I felt like a big wuss and tried to tell myself to suck it up, but after three practices I determined that it just isn’t for me and that’s ok. So, instead I’m going to keep up with the running goals, but this time I’m going to focus on speed instead of distance.
My 2016 goal is to run a sub 10 minute mile. 🙂
I’m actually REALLY excited about that goal. It turns out that I really enjoy 2-3 mile runs, but anything over that can go either really bad or really good – but if I stay in that range, it’s almost always a great run. Plus, it turns out that I actually liked the speed work that I was doing at the beginning of my training (I, ultimately, decided that it wasn’t a great idea to focus on speed AND distance right now, so I stuck with distance).
In addition to my sub 10 minute mile I also want to make a biking goal. Cliff and I are planning on getting road bikes soon and I would really like to do some sort of bike race next year. 2016 is going to be a lot of fun!
But I gotta get through this half-marathon first. 😉